TAYLOR, THOMAS CEDRIC FAWSITT

VIMY MEMORIAL

Rank: Private
Service No: 471150
Date of Death: 29/09/1916
Age: 17
Regiment/Service: Canadian Infantry 25th Bn. (Nova Scotia Rifles)
Memorial: VIMY MEMORIAL

Additional Information:

By process of elimination, the only casualty of this name has been identified as:

Born on 20-11-97 at Bondi New South Wales, son of Arthur Fawsitt (Commercial Traveler for Paper Merchant) and Ethel Bertha Taylor. His siblings Alice and Godfrey were also born in New South Wales. While his mother seems to have remained in Australia, by 1911 Arthur and the three children were living at 11, Brandville Road, West Drayton, Middlesex. After the war his Father was living in Hockley Essex, later relocating to Mill Hill. His Mother is known to have visited Mill Hill and returned to Australia in 1930. His Mother died in 1945, his Father in 1949.

On 02-03-16 at Halifax Nova Scotia Thomas, a single man and a farmer joined the Canadian Infantry. He gave his address as Tonbridge, Kent, where his Father (who was Next of Kin), was living at Dale House. He had one year’s military experience in the Training Corps. His presence in Canada may have been connected with a visitor in their home during the 1911 Census. Charles Clements was, born in Tunbridge Wells, but worked as a Farm Labourer at a Horse Ranch in Canada.

25 Battalion had been serving in France from 09-15, but Taylor joined later as reinforcement. They were in action at the Battle of the Somme in 1916, and in 09-16 they took over the front line from Australian Forces to the east of Pozieres. The Australians had fought the battle of Pozieres (part of the overall Battle of the Somme), but their success came at a cost of many casualties.

25 Battalion War Diary states that on 27-09-16, they went into the Sunken Road East of Pozieres to relieve 14 Canadian Battalion who had “suffered severely during the period in the line”. During 28-09 they were consolidating the positions “under extremely severe shell fire”. The precise number of casualties was reported as “unknown.” Things were quieter on 29-09-16, the only occurrence of note being the C.O. going to Division.

At some stage during these days, most likely during the shelling of 28-09-16, Thomas Taylor was Killed in Action.

His precise connection with Woodford remains unclear.

Memorial: Roll of Honour: St Mary’s Church
Separate Folder: NO.
Principal Sources: Ancestry. Woodford Times. Service File.
Qualification: On a Memorial.